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No. 16: Arizona Diamondbacks select OF Michael Conforto
A player like Michael Conforto isn't likely to last this long, but there are players with more exciting tools ahead of him, which might allow Arizona to luck into the best pure college hitter in this class. He has tremendous bat speed with a short path through the zone, generating above-average power with wrist strength and loft for backspin.
If he had the speed to be a center fielder, he would be a top-10 pick. Since he's going to end up in left field, the Oregon State star will have to settle for being a mid-first-round selection.
No. 17: Kansas City Royals select OF Monte Harrison
Even though the idea of drafting a toolsy high school kid from the area brings back bad memories (Bubba Starling in 2011), Harrison is an exceptional athlete with one of the highest ceilings among position players in this draft.
His bat is miles away from being ready, but he has more natural strength than Starling. His glove in center field projects as plus, putting less pressure on his hit tool.
No. 18: Washington Nationals select RHP Jeff Hoffman
Here is another case of history repeating itself. Two years ago the Nationals fell into Lucas Giolito, who was dealing with elbow problems before the draft and eventually needed Tommy John surgery after being the No. 16 pick.
Jeff Hoffman already went under the knife to get his elbow fixed, clouding his draft stock, but before he got hurt, the right-hander had two plus-plus pitches (fastball and curveball) and some projection in his 6'4", 185-pound frame.
The East Carolina star won't pitch again until 2015, but the Nationals have been known to bet on upside above all else. With the success of Tommy John surgeries in recent years, the move should pay huge dividends for the team.
No. 19: Cincinnati Reds select 3B Michael Chavis
A shortstop in high school, Michael Chavis' best position in pro ball will be third base, where his lateral quickness and bat profile well. He has an explosive hit tool with tremendous bat speed and loft to generate plus raw power.
The swing is short and compact, possibly causing the power to play down but giving him tremendous plate coverage. Chavis also uses the entire field, going the other way with ease, and he has underrated speed that will allow him to steal his share of bases.
No. 20: Tampa Bay Rays select 1B Kyle Schwarber
It's easy to see a scenario where Kyle Schwarber goes higher than this in the draft. He has the one thing every team is looking for right now: power.
The Indiana star is a monster at 6'0", 230 pounds and has the bat speed to generate big power with his swing. He's not very athletic and will have to play first base in pro ball, but the pop profiles perfectly over there.
Tampa Bay typically goes for more athletic position players in the first round, but it hasn't paid dividends since Evan Longoria graduated to the MLB team in 2008. It's time to change the strategy and go after someone with a high floor who can give the team even above-average production.